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Fifteen Years Since 9/11 the US Targets the Wrong Enemy

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The 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks illustrates what is wrong with US foreign policy and why Donald Trump is now a serious prospect for the US Presidency.

Ever since the 9/11 attacks took place US — Russian relations have deteriorated steadily. The causes for this are not difficult to see.

In 2002 the US unilaterally withdrew from the ABM treaty and is now busy installing anti-ballistic interceptors in the former Warsaw Treaty countries of eastern Europe. In 2003 the US backed the Orange Revolution in Ukraine. In 2004 NATO membership was extended to the Baltic States. In 2008 eventual NATO membership was promised to Ukraine and Georgia. In 2014 the US supported the Maidan coup and the Ukrainian attack on the people of eastern Ukraine after they demanded autonomy. NATO membership has now been extended to Montenegro.

The US also continuously meddles in Russian domestic politics.

It complained about the arrest and prosecution of the Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky, ignoring the serious charges brought against him, which the European Court of Human Rights has upheld. It has lectured Russia about the conduct of the investigation into the murder of the journalist Anna Politkovskaja. It has sided with the British businessman Bill Browder in his dispute with the Russian authorities. It even passed legislation endorsing his account and directly interfering in the conduct of the case.

In 2011, the US backed protests during Russia’s election season, and in 2014 it imposed more sanctions on various Russian individuals and companies and on whole sectors of the Russian economy.

It now even organises the arrests of Russian individuals when they travel abroad to third countries, so that they can be imprisoned in the US.

All this has been accompanied by a vitriolic campaign in the US and Western media against Russia and President Putin in particular. While since 2014 this has centred on events in Ukraine — with particular focus on events in Crimea and the Donbass, which however were the direct consequence of the Maidan coup the US backed — this media campaign in reality began long before.

What all this entirely ignores is that throughout this period Russia has taken no hostile step towards the US whatsoever. Russia has not attacked the US in any way — whether militarily or politically or economically. Nor has it shown the slightest desire to do so.

In the absence of any hostile step by Russia towards the US, the US has been reduced to shrill complaints that the Russian media occasionally publishes reports critical of the US and its policies — as it has a perfect right to do — even though the Western media campaign against Russia is much greater — and to making without proof claims of Russian interference in US and European domestic politics, even though US and Western interference in Russian domestic politics is both open and far greater.

Contrast this complete lack of any hostile action by Russia — the US establishment’s preferred enemy of the moment — with the reality of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US and the numerous terrorist attacks in the US and Europe which have followed since.

While the US is not accusing Russia of killing a single US or European citizen, the number of US and European citizens killed by Wahhabist jihadists runs into thousands.

It is hardly surprising in the circumstances if more and more people in the US and elsewhere in the West simply refuse to see in Russia and its president the great enemy the US establishment want them to see, but see their enemy in the international jihadist movement instead.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Sputnik.
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  • Denis the Menace
    The USA is ruled by Satan, if ever there was a country ruled by him. They have been doing evil, and causing death and destruction throughout the world for the last six decades.Some day, the world will see the USA in the true light of it's existance and it's sins, and the USA will have no friends to come to it's assistance.
  • JoyInStruggle
    U.S. support for Al-Qaeda-based terror groups in Syria is yet another indication that the Official 9/11 Conspiracy Theory is a pack of lies. Yet the Establishment treats this tapestry of lies as Gospel Truth.

    We are supposed to believe that all of the defenses of the biggest military power in the world were miraculously defeated by 19 Al Qada conspirators. Although these conspirators could not land so much as a Cesna and barely spoke English, we're led to believe that they performed impossible air-acrobatics with jumbojets and overturned the laws of physics in NYC. And if you refuse to believe in this Official Conspiracy Theory, it is you who are denounced as a "Conspiracy Theorist"! It is as if we are back in the Middle Ages, with the Authorities loudly proclaiming that the Earth is flat.

    When the smallest crime occurs, we investigate, we preserve the crime scene, we study the evidence, we interview witnesses, we consider various suspects, we look at motives -- but in the case of 9/11, the worst crime in U.S. history, none of this was done! Instead, the Establishment simply told us who to blame and who to attack. No official investigation was held, and even the underfunded congressional whitewash was delayed for over a year.

    And now, fifteen years later, buckets of commemorative tears are used to drown out all thought of ever investigating: So pathetic! Nor do we think of ever investigating the liars and war profiteers who convinced us to inflict the equivalent of hundreds of 9/11's on Iraq, a country where the secular government kept Al Qaeda out. The 3,000 American victims were used as a pretext for killing a million innocent Iraqis. The enormity of this obscene crime is beyond comprehension.
  • redrooster
    The U.S.A. is ruled by Israel,the country has been infiltrated by dual passport,dual Israeli citizen Jews. Congress is infested with these parasites,how do you think they can send multi billions of taxpayers money back to Israel EVERY year and thats not including the latest expensive fighter jets,tanks,missile systems,etc... to suppress mostly stone throwing kids and ineffectual homemade rockets.Israels Nationality law of 1952 amended in 2008 to include 9 middle eastern countrys as enemys of Israel tells the story. Google it! Jews own 96% of the mainstream media and tell the American people a pack of lies.The Jews even own as a private company the Federal Reserve Treasurery. FFS! According to the Jews twisted lying logic Im an antisemite for pointing out these facts? Judasism is the enemy of the free world.
  • Jammy
    Yes they targets the wrong enermy after 9/11 alright and didn't even get the colour right and now the same people behind the attack wants to steel land from Syria so that it can build more settlements.

    Russia stepped in and in response we got the CIA back Ukraine coup to try to make Russia back off but now I am starting to suspect that Mr Putin has done a Turkey and has joined the other team.
  • Jonathan Ferguson
    "It is hardly surprising in the circumstances if more and more people in the US and elsewhere in the West simply refuse to see in Russia and its president the great enemy the US establishment want them to see, but see their enemy in the international jihadist movement instead." Yes, although many of our own politicians in the UK are 'enemies,' after a fashion... insofar as they endanger our lives with their warmongering. We need to get better candidates who won't vote for unnecessary wars. This will truly require a generational effort.
  • Jammyin reply toJonathan Ferguson(Show commentHide comment)
    Jonathan Ferguson, You cannot climb a ladder if 650 other people are pushing you down and we cannot even get a Brexit after we voted for one.

    This "generational effort" will have to be a revoloution because talking and voting is not working and they have put so many laws in place to stop any changes they don't like that we will have no option but to break the laws to get any change
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